Larry Seidman, Ph.D.
Jude Leung, M.A.
We are conducting a research study to find out more about the friendships
of adolescents and young adults who are currently or have recently been
experiencing symptoms of psychosis. The purpose of the study is to learn
about the relationship between peer networks and the psychological health
and quality of life of these individuals. We also want to find out what
factors may influence this relationship, for example, whether certain
aspects of friendships are more connected to good psychological health than
others. This study involves standard questionnaires, interviews, and tests
used routinely by psychologists to measure these characteristics.
What will happen during the study
If you decide to volunteer and agree to be in this study, we will ask you
questions about your mental health, your relationships with various people
in your life, and your feelings of enjoyment or satisfaction in different
areas of your life. We will also ask you to take two standard psychological
tests that look at how you think and pay attention. Lastly, we will ask
permission to review your patient record at Shattuck Hospital to learn more
about your current living situation, your medication history, any
psychiatric hospitalizations, and other similar matters. Participation in
this study is expected to take about 2-3 hours.
As a participant, you would be asked to
sign a consent form indicating your agreement to participate and to
release your Shattuck Hospital patient record to study staff for review
if under age 18, have a parent sign a consent form indicating his/her
agreement for you to participate and to release your Shattuck Hospital
patient record to study staff for review
participate in 2-3 hours of interviews, questionnaires, and standard
Who can participate?
Individuals diagnosed in the last 2 years with a schizophrenia-spectrum
or affective psychosis illness such as :
Bipolar disorder with psychotic features
Depression with psychotic features
Participants must be 16-30 years old.
Participants must be able to understand English.
This study takes place at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center at Lemuel
Shattuck Hospital. Individuals enrolled in the study are compensated $30
for their participation.
For more information, please contact:
Jude Leung, M.A.